British foreign minister slams 'callous' Afghan attack

1st November 2011, Comments 0 comments

British Foreign Secretary William Hague on Monday condemned as a "callous act" an attack in the southern Afghanistan city of Kandahar which left five people dead.

Suicide attackers blew up a truck bomb and raided UN and a US development office in Kandahar, killing five Afghans in the latest major attack on American interests in Afghanistan.

"I am deeply saddened to hear of the deaths of UN staff and an Afghan policeman following an insurgent attack," the minister said in a statement issued Monday.

"I condemn this callous attack," he added. "It is hard to see what the Taliban believe they can achieve through attacking those that are helping improve the lives of ordinary Afghan people."

Hague vowed Britain would not allow such acts "from building up Afghanistan's ability to guarantee its own stability and security".

The bombers struck at a compound of UN offices and US-based International Relief and Development (IRD) in the southern city.

© 2011 AFP

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